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Permanently Waterproofing a Leaking Basement in an Older Logan, OH, Home

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by Holly Richards-Purpura


Ever since they moved into their house several years ago, homeowners in Logan, OH, have not known what it was like to have a completely dry basement.

Water seemed to leak into the basement of their older home, leaving puddles and damage behind. The existing sump pump system also seemed to be failing to keep up with this seeping water. The sump pump also lacked a proper lid to cover the pump and pit. Completely open systems, like in this basement, allow any water in the pit to evaporate back into the basement, and objects could easily fall into the pit and damage the pump.

The homeowners plan to live in the house for at least a few more years, and they were tired of dealing with the wet basement. They started to research how to best remedy these issues, and they began to learn more about Ohio Basement Authority online. They contacted us and then met with one of our inspectors. After evaluating the leaking basement, our inspector presented the homeowners with several permanent basement waterproofing solutions.


Per our inspector's recommendations, one of our expert crews then installed these quality solutions. First, the crew carefully excavated the floor’s perimeter to install the BasementGutter interior drainage system. This special system that sits in the sub-floor is engineered to accept water from the walls and floor. Any seeping water is intercepted by the BasementGutter system and directed to the SafeDri sump pump.

We replaced the older sump pump with the more reliable SafeDri that pumps the seeping water out of the basement. Along with a powerful pump inside the sump liner, the SafeDri is equipped with an external backup battery to ensure its operation even when the power goes out. A FreezeGuard was attached to the sump pump discharge line to allow water to escape the discharge line should it freeze or become blocked.

Because of the brick and other materials in the older home’s basement, we also used CrawlSeal to encapsulate the basement. Not only does this thick liner serve as a vapor barrier, it also helps with the waterproofing process. If any water seeps through the walls, it will run behind the liner and down to the BasementGutter system in the floor. CrawlSeal also brightens the basement. Drainage matting also was placed on the floor before encapsulating the basement in CrawlSeal to enhance the liner's durability and help direct seeping water to the BasementGutter system.

The homeowners are happy to now have a dry and healthy basement and home.

Project Summary

Installing Contractor: Ohio Basement Authority

Products Installed: BasementGutter, SafeDri, FreezeGuard, CrawlSeal, Drainage Matting


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